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thority in Mexico, landed near Tampico. After an
occupation of two months, the invading army surrendered
on the 10th of September. By a Supreme decree
of the 29th of that month slavery was declared
to be abolished within the Mexican Republic; and
the retaliatory intention of the decree may be inferred
from the fact, that the Mexican government
had resolved to send a secret mission to Hayti, in
order to concert measures with Boyer, to excite the
slaves in Cuba to revolt,* a project which, if persisted
in, would have provoked the armed interference
of the United States. The Mexican laws concerning
Negro slavery, in common with the bulk of
Congressional enactments, were loosely framed and
executed, and the Louisianian settlers evaded them,
by introducing their slaves under the name of indentured
servants. It was only through the tolerated
introduction of slave-labour that persons of education
and capital would have ventured to remove to
Texas at the early stage of its colonization. Destitute
of its aid, they must have fallen from the condition
of capitalists to that of labourers, depending
solely on the returns obtained from the soil by the
hands of themselves and their families. Fearful of
the consequences of Guerrero's decree to the welfare
of his colony, Austin preferred a remonstrance
to the President, who agreed to modify the law in
favour of the American settlers. That the policy
of the Mexican government originated in no feeling
of sympathy for the African race, is demonstrated
Despatch dated, Department of State, Washington, November
30th, 1829, from Mr. Van Buren to Anthonly Butler, Esq.,
Charge d'Affaires of the United States to Mexico.
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/422/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .